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  • 2020-02-24

A standardized step-by-step description of a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a live educational procedure

Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2020;20(02). URL:
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In this live educational video, Dr. Almino Cardoso Ramos shows the case of a morbidly obese 42-year-old woman with a BMI of 41. In the preoperative work-up, the patient lost 4kg. Imaging studies showed normal anatomy and did not evidence any hiatal hernia or GERD. Manometry did not show any motility disorders. During the procedure, surgical pitfalls are highlighted and discussed in order to create a standardized Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) with a biliopancreatic limb of 150cm and an alimentary limb of 100cm. Anatomical landmarks for gastric pouch creation are demonstrated. Emphasis is put on the adequate length measurement for both the biliopancreatic and alimentary limbs in order to ensure weight loss. The author also stresses the necessity to use appropriate staplers along with the ways to prevent stapler-related complications. He outlines his preference for specific suture material to close the enterotomy, and provides tips and tricks for the closure of the mesenteric defect and of Petersen’s space.